HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) — San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro “doesn’t really speak Spanish” and had to get a Spanish tutor, a New York Times Magazine article from 2010 reported.
The Times reported that Castro, the keynote speaker at this year’s Democratic National Convention and the grandson of a Mexican immigrant, originally had trouble speaking Spanish.
The article stated that the Hispanic mayor’s mother, Rosie Castro, always spoke English in the home and that he never learned speaking Spanish while growing up, learning Latin and Japanese instead.
The Times additionally reported that Castro — who became mayor of San Antonio in 2009 — assigned his chief of staff to find him a Spanish tutor. Robbie Greenblum came back to the mayor with a tutor named Marta Bronstein, a woman he met at a synagogue.
According to The Daily Caller, Castro said, “Que dios los bendiga,” which means “God bless you,” during his keynote address Tuesday night three times.
Until now, Castro has enjoyed a spate of favorable media profiles and a landslide re-election last year. There has also been speculation regarding whether he’ll become the governor of Texas, or even the country’s first Hispanic president. His well-received turn at the convention all but guarantees an increase in such talk.
Castro was introduced onstage by his brother Joaquin, a Texas state legislator from San Antonio now poised to win election to Congress in November
“My family’s story isn’t special. What’s special is the America that makes our story possible,” Julian Castro said Tuesday night. “Ours is a nation like no other, a place where great journeys can be made in a single generation. No matter who you are or where you come from, the path is always forward.”
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